NPP Shames Mahama – Over Thugs Training Claims
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rubbished claims by John Dramani Mahama the Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the party is training thugs to disrupt the 2020 polls.
A statement issued by the party’s Director of Communications, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, yesterday said no such thing is being done.
“The NPP emphatically denies any knowledge or participation in any wild claim of ‘military training’ to disrupt the upcoming elections in 2020,” the statement said.
The NPP Scribe argued that the nation has moved beyond scare tactics about election violence and that If Mr. Mahama has any substance, he should resort to the rule of law and use the institutions available.
The NPP said Mr. Mahama and his followers ought not to resort to “cooking up and spreading false materials on social media as they have done in recent times in their attempt to mislead the good people of Ghana” adding that as has been proven, that will soon be found out as false.
Former President John Mahama made the claims NPP is now denying when he paid a courtesy call on President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Affail Monney last week.
He claimed to know of a letter by the Upper West Security Council requesting that some members of the governing party should be present for combat training for next year’s election.
According to him, after following up on that letter it has emerged that the party indeed has sent these executives to Asutuare in the Greater Accra region to be trained.
He has described the situation as worrying, fearing that that singular decision can destabilise the country
“If you lose an election and you believe that it was free and fair, you don’t any cause to cause confusion. But if you feel that you were cheated, then sometimes emotions can run high,” the NDC flagbearer stated.
But the NPP said that former President Mahama has never respected the law, though he is a beneficiary of the law, which installed him as a mid-stream president indicating that he disrespected the Supreme Court by never showing up at the Election Petition Hearing.
The statement added: “Most of his effusions to the GJA leadership undermine the law of the land. Instead of advising the radio stations he claims to be that of his party to seek redress in the higher courts, he rather threatens to retaliate with closures of other stations.”
Mr. Asamoah stated that Mr. Mahama’s new found love for the Short Commission comes without a clear indictment of the Government legal position, a necessary distinction if his refusal to implement any of the findings of the commissions into the Brazil World Cup debacle and the “create, loot and share” Judgment Debt spree, is anything to go by.
Significantly, the NPP Scribe continued that the GJA’s visit is only the last in an orchestrated string of meetings with leaderships of identifiable groups and associations.
“In these meetings, Mahama delivers ‘no plan’ political promises associated with topical current happenings. As is typical of the cynical politics of the NDC, promise anything to play on political emotions, as long as you are not pressed for a solution.”
“If it is just qualms he has about losing the impending election, then he best keeps them to himself so the nation can get on with the serious business of defeating poverty,” the statement added.